On Twitter, art director Raf Grasetti gave followers a new look at Kratos’ earlier design God of War. This is a very interesting image showing an older look of the character. Unlike the final version that SIE Santa Monica went with, this one feels a little more true to the classic designs associated with Greek mythology. Kratos’ beard is much more messy and the character looks older. Of course, this original design is a bit more general and lacks the iconic quality of the final look of the character. The images can be found on Twitter below.
How it started: How it ended: pic.twitter.com/WEa3jYW0AZ
̵1; Raf Graseset ❄️🥶⚡️ (@rafagrassetti) October 12, 2020
Grassetti’s tweet follows the meme “How it started / How it ended”, which recently became popular on Twitter. Subsequently, the Twitter art director pointed out that Kratos’ nipples have always been a purposeful feature of the character’s design, which can be clearly seen in conceptual art.
It is always interesting to see how the design process changes and evolves over time. In the early days of the video game industry, fans did not have the opportunity to see what happened behind the scenes of game development, and many materials were often lost or destroyed. Greater efforts are now being made to preserve elements of the development process, and the Internet has given creators a greater opportunity to share these early works with fans. While game developers and publishers are still not doing enough to preserve these materials, fans have access to much more information about the process than ever before.
A new entry in the God of War series will be released on the PlayStation 5. The game does not yet have a name, but it is widely assumed that it is God of War: Ragnarok, starting in late 2018 God of War. Grassetti is working on the follow-up, but like Sony, the art director is pretty quiet about the upcoming game. This can change a lot as more information starts to come out. Maybe one day Grasseti will even show how the characters in this game evolved during the development process!
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